June 27, 2016, Press for Immediate Release
The Nuer Supreme Council (NSC) condemns in the strongest terms possible the continued killing of innocent civilians from Jurchol, Balanda and Fertit tribes in Wau, Western Bhar El Gazal State in South Sudan by none other than State’ forces under President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
In solidarity with the people of South Sudan, particularly the victims of the Wau massacre and others across the country who are being targeted the same government under President Salva Kiir, we call on the people of South Sudan, other peace loving nations and the international community to condemns the mass killing of Jurchol, Balanda and Fertit’s tribe men and women in Wau.
It was reported that more than 4, 000 innocent civilians were killed on well coordinated attacks for the last 2 days, and 100, 000 civilians displaced and then fled to bushes for their lives. Another 10, 000 or more persons have been reported to have gone to UNMISS and Red Cross bases in Wau for their safety.
In the course of this mass killing of civilians, it was reported that houses were burned, women gang-rape and killed after rape and young men were around up subsequently killed after establishing their ethnicities. These are horrific crimes and they must be condemned strongly.
We appealed to the United Nations -UNMISS and other international bodies to do their utmost concert efforts to help averting these continued senseless suffering and loss of innocent lives in the hand of a “murderous regime.”
In these difficult times, the Council agreed with the faith group, particularly the Catholics of South Sudan’s priest who stated that those who committed these horrible mass killings and displaced thousands of innocent civilians in Wau are nothing but “devils” in human cloth.
They must be condemned and also be held accountable for their actions.